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Feb 10, 2013 8:00am PST
obama deputy campaing manager stephanie cutter, both white house veterans and from the congress representative tom cole and keith ellison, democrat of minnesota. let's get right to you, jon karl. you've been digging into the white house. what are their plans for the state of the union? >> the white house, the president wants to see this, the headline coming out of the speech as it was about jobs and the economy. that's going to be the focus here. they're a little stung by some of the criticism of the inaugural for not focusing on jobs. >> of course. >> they would argue it's not fair, but that's -- so this is going to have new initiatives on infrastructure, on education, on clean energy, and it's going to be all about the middle class expanding the middle class and a big warning on this, the automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to go in effect on march 1st. >> i do want to talk about that. that sequester across-the-board spending cuts. how about the tone? one of the things we've seen from the president since his re-election since is fairly confrontational across the board.
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Feb 12, 2013 5:00am PST
couples. >> president obama delivers the state of the union address to a joint session of congress and a national prime time audience. look for the president to refocus on the issues most crucial to americans, jobs and the economy. now live to washington, dc, with the details. >> good morning, we should expect president obama will be much more specific than he was during the inaugural address. the white house says the big focus is on the middle class and the economy. >> president obama's state of the union speech will focus primarily on jobs and the economy and will be different in substance and tone than his inaugural address last month. >> the economy will be central to this speech and how we grow the economy so everyone can participate, pay your fair share. >> he will promote manufacturing and education and clean energy and infrastructure, and warn congress to avoid the automatic spending cuts in defense and education scheduled for march 1. avoiding the automatic cuts and adding additional spending would require congressional approval sending him on a collision course with house rep
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Feb 6, 2013 4:00am PST
morning, an increasing number of lawmakers are expressing concern of the obama administration's use of drone strikes. the concern stems from new evidence on how much authority the administration believes it has to kill suspected terrorists, even if they're american citizens. abc's jon karl reports. >> reporter: a newly disclosed justice department document say american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed, if, quote, an informed high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the document says it, quote, does not require the government to have clear evidence. case in point, anwar al awlaki, an american citizen and top al qaeda leader, linked to several terror attacks. he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. human rights advocates say the justice department memo goes way too far. and -- >> justifies, essentially, a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: as soon as he became president, barack obama stopped cia tactics like waterboarding, that he considered torture. but this justifies outright killing of a suspected terroris
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Feb 12, 2013 4:00am PST
retirement, coming up on "gma." >>> in other news this morning, president obama poised to lay out his second term agenda in tonight's state of the union address. the nation can expect to get an earful about immigration, gun control and the economy. abc's tahman bradley has details for us this morning from washington. hey, tahman. >> reporter: hey, rob. anticipate a speech much more elaborate than mr. obama's inaugural address. the white house says the big focus will be the economy and the middle-class. president obama's state of the union speech tonight will focus on jobs and the economy. it's expected to be different in substance and tone than the inaugural address last month. >> the economy will be central to the speech so everybody can have a fair shot. >> reporter: the president will push for additional government spending to provote manufacturing, clean energy and infrastructure. he will also address the cuts set to go. in adding additional spending would require congressional approval, setting mr. obama on a collision course with house republicans. >> it's time for washingto
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Feb 11, 2013 4:00pm PST
michelle obama. cyber security is not expected to be a major theme in the state of the union but the president may issue a executive order creating a program that calls for certain companies to adopt a minimum set of cyber security standards. lion's gate entertainment posted profits of about $38 million up from a loss during same period last year. much was due to last twilight movie raking in more than $828 million at the box office. lion's gate saw strong home video sales of "the hunger games". stocks slipping slightly on concerns over europe's economic volatility. your bloomberg silicon valley index higher with shares leading those gains. well, home depot is the latest organization to dump the black berry for iphone. the world's fifth largest retailer says it's going to replace 10,000 black berries with apple smart phones. two government agencies, ice and ntsb said they're switching from black berry to iphone as well. in san francisco, i'm emily chang, larry, carrow rin lynn, back to you. >> golden state warriors making a mid season move. it's not a trade but a fashion statement. c
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Feb 4, 2013 5:00am PST
palestinian leaders the obama administration will continue to pursue a middle east peace agreement while recognizing the individual concerns of both sides. john kerry was sworn in on friday the same day that hillary clinton stepped down as secretary of state so she could pursue other interests and the obama administration's second term she will be a private citizen. >> president obama is campaigning to gun reform laws outside of washington, dc. he will meet with law enforcement in minneapolis about reducing gun violence. the president will pitch the plan to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks. key members of the administration are focusing on immigration reform today. homeland security secretary napolitano will talk about streamlining citizenship process. >> today the boy scouts could end a ban on gays. the scout leaders are meeting in texas to discuss replacing the ban with a policy to let individual troops determine their own policy locally. on sunday, president obama praised the boy scouts as a great institution and serves a honorary president of the orga
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Feb 5, 2013 6:00am PST
for next season. >> what hispanics are saying about obama's immigration reform. sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. >> we are back on this tuesday starting off rather mild. our coolest temperature is 41 in antioch. we have 50 in oakland and everyone else is the mid-to-upper 40's. enjoy the mild temperatures. remember the stubborn cloud cover yesterday? more so today with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50's. moving forward we have more sunshine but temperatures are the same tomorrow with light showers possible from the thursday commute and the chance lingers on friday but a small chance and just more about the cooler conditions on friday than the rain. sue? >> eastbound hig
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Feb 11, 2013 5:00am PST
could lead people to pay more for credit is lower. watch if talk of job creation when president obama makes the state of the nation speech tomorrow night. the president is expected to proposal spending on infrastructure and education in an effort to boost employment. there is a new mountain dew breakfast drink 5 percent juice, and has vitamins b and c and jolt of caffeine. if you hope to find hint of a future romance, you are out of luck, the largest fortune cookie maker has removed romantic emergencies after parents complained. >> did you enjoy the weekend? >> it was nice. it was. got out and did chores. never ending husband chores. >> excellence. now, over to mike. great week to be outside, make paint the house or work on the roof or dry weather for an extended period is what we have. it stretches across the state as you are headed to soak out the wet wet and it will be good, san diego and palm springs 64 in los angeles and in the central valley, low-to-mid 60's and 39 in tahoe and 44 in yosemite. >> we have a live look at the east shore freeway as you make your way from richmond be
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Feb 12, 2013 6:00am PST
intersection. >> president obama will deliver his state of the union address tonight and as we report, the president will spend most of the time on the issue americans say is most important to them. >> president obama's state of the union speech focuses on jobs and the economy and will be different in tone than his inaugural address last month. >> the economy will be central to the speech. how we grow the economy so everyone can participate, pay your fair share. >>the president bushes for additional government spending to promote manufacturing, education, clean energy, and infrastructure, and he will warn congress to avoid the automatic spending cuts if against and education schedules to go in effect open march 1 but avoiding the automatic cuts and adding additional spending requires congressional approval sending the president on a collision course with house republicans. >> it is time for washington to get back to the basics. we cannot condition to spend money we don't have. >> president obama will also elaborate on the big themes from the inauguration including climate change. toda
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Feb 7, 2013 11:00am PST
2011 in northeast iran. at time u.s. officials admitted the drone was missing. president obama asked iran to return it. >> president obama says the new pick for the c.i.a. chief will face a lot of questions for the drone warm. john brennan will testify in half an hour. he is expected to be grilled about strikes targeting terrorists overseas. >> boeing 787 dreamliner has safely landed in washington in the first test flight since the fleet was grounded around the world. the jet flew from texas with a skeletal crew and landed in the past hour at boeing facility in washington state. the flight is happening as a federal safety official urges the government to revoke approval for the batteries used in the dreamliner. several jets had fired sparked by the we batteries. a boeing official says it will not talk about compensating affected airlines until after the grounded jets are back in service. >> mike nicco is right when he predicted the rain. >> it was much needed. we have breaks in the cloud cover. the second round will come in tonight and it could be interesting with lightning, th
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Feb 4, 2013 3:00am PST
. you'll hear what president obama has to say about it. >>> and a 6-year-old girl is in a heap of trouble this morning. police say she took her mom's car keys, went on a wild ride. that's the consequence. look at that. we're going to tell you what drove her to take off. ooh! you keep doing that today. >> there's a sweet reason behind it. >> but when a 6-year-old does anything, it's always sweet. she's okay. we should say that. because that looked like an accident. and is it was. but she's okay. we'll get to that. >> also later this half hour, now that diana is joining us for good, we get to see where she's been. some quality time with our new anchor coming up. oh, deejay. >> deejay dp, that's me. >> i like it. got a little soul. i can tell. new york girl, too. >> from queens. >> oh, yes indeed. >> but i was born in philly, i should say. i've got branches. >> all over the northeast. >> yes. i branch out and i show love to be everybody. >> i was actually born in philadelphia as well. grew up in new jersey. first date. >> this is a good one. >> this is a good one. >>> truth was, a li
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Feb 7, 2013 6:00am PST
now president obama is attending the national rare breakfast in washington dc, this morning. the president and first lady arrived an hour ago. here is a live look at what is going on right now. president obama is at the podium. let's listen. >> a journey to our capitol michelle and i are honored to be here. i hope people don't mind me taking a moment of personal privilege, i want to say a quick word about a close friend of mine and yours. >> this is the 61st annual gathering of religious community and political leaders sponsored by the evangelical fellowship foundation and held at the hilton international hotel providing a venue for the president to deliver the first major remarks for america's faith community since announcing his support for gay marriage last year. >> also new this morning, boeing is revealing more of the plans to compensate airlines affected by the grounding of the dream liner jet. an executive told reporters this morning in india compensation talks will not be dealt with until after the grounded jets are in service. also today, boeing will perform a test fligh
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Feb 4, 2013 6:00am PST
in 2015. >> president obama continue the tradition of taking part in a presuper bowl sunday interview and that is why he said women should be allowed in military combat role. >> women are in combat. they may not get treated as if they are but when they are in theater in places like iraq and afghanistan, they are vulnerable, they are wounded, and they have been killed. they have carried out their jobs with extraordinary patriotism and distinction. >> president obama's commends come after the pentagon announced last in they are opening up combat jobs to women. in the interview, the president said that gays should be allowed in the boy scouts, with the national executive board holding a meeting in texas to vote on lifting the ban. >> the u.s. postal service will release a stamp honoring civil rights pioneer rosa parks unveiled during a ceremony in detroit today. it would have been her 100th birthday today. she was arrested in 1955 after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person in alabama. she showed the defiance that became a symbol of the civil rights movement. >> it
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Feb 9, 2013 5:30pm PST
the inauguration. abc's alex perez reporting in from chicago. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama consoling loved ones today at the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. the emotional service running nearly four hours. >> i wish we could see her beautiful smile again. >> because she will always be with us. >> reporter: and a mother in pain, stood strong. determined to halt gun violence. >> no mother. no father. should ever have to experience this. >> reporter: days before she became a national symbol to end gun violence, the standout student performed at the president's inauguration festivities. but hadiya's bright future came to a sudden end. she was one of more than 40 people murdered in chicago last month, the bloodiest january this city has seen in a decade. in a handwritten note to her family, president obama vowed to work to end this senseless violence. and the president has invited more than 100 victims of gun violence and their families to attend next week's state of the union address. the first lady also met with about 30 of hadiya's classmates and friends. many here
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Feb 8, 2013 6:00am PST
could be over but president obama is still on the campaign trail. democratic party officials say the president will hold 14 different fundraising events this year for democrats campaigning for congressional seats. most of the events are held outside of the nation's capitol. democrats are looking ahead to the mid-term elections and the party wants to regain the house majority it lost in 2010. a group of four senators working behind-the-scenes on a bipartisan bill to expand background checks on sales is reportedly making significant progress of the the legislation they are working on requires background checks on private gun purchases made with non-licensed gun dealers. if the group can get a bipartisan propose it could get support from other conservative republicans who right now are opposing president obama's gun control plans. >> on this friday morning, that is the good news, but slick roads are not so good news. >> where are they? >> it rains most everywhere. the wet weather has ended but for the south bay where you were left out of the rain this time yesterday morning. you getting
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Feb 6, 2013 5:00am PST
hostage taker was killed during the rescue. >> president obama will meet with senate democrats at a retreat in maryland for a discussion of gun criminal and illegal immigration. a poll out this morning shows the president's approval of handling of immigration is at a career high, the latest washington post/abc news poll shows that 49 percent believe he is on the right track while 43 percent disapprove. >> gas prices nation nationwide have jumped 18 percent in a week the biggest type in two years with the average $3.54, and experts blame it on rising oil prices and tension in the middle east. here in california, it is higher, $3.91 a gallon. that is partly because refineries are switching from winter grade to more costly summer grade fuel. >> san francisco usually has the highest gas prices in the state but lock at pump prices in los angeles: yes, a station is actually charged $5 a gallon. >> how do you justify that? >> now, officials in san francisco may now force some homeowners to retrofit their building. a proposal introduced by the board of supervisors president requires reinfor
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Feb 12, 2013 4:30am PST
^. >> president obama will give his state of the union address tonight and will push for additional government spending to promote manufacturing, education, clean energy, and infrastructure. he will warn congress to avoid the automatic spending cuts in defense and education taking place march one. you can watch the president's state of the union address live on abc7 and at abc7news.com starting tonight at 6:00. senator rubio of florida will deliver the republican response. >> tunnel in richmond is closed after the discovery of serious structural problems. the main route to point richmond. on friday part of the tunnel ceiling broke away and revealed a space the size of a pickup truck that should have been filled with earth against a concrete wall 2' thick. >> a large air void above the tunnel. it is disturbing because the ceiling of the tunnel really is only 5" thick which is not reenwe forced. >> so the federally funded $750,000 face lit will now be a huge structural repair job costing millions. >> not so simple anymore. >> we will look at the weather forecast on in tuesday morning. >> keeping
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Feb 10, 2013 6:00pm PST
levels. >> job creation and economic growth will be key to president barack obama's "state of the union" address this week. you can watch the state of the union here on abc and abc7 on tuesday at 6:00 p.m. >>> still to come at 6:00. a deadly helicopter crash in southern california. the tv show the chopper was working on. >> plus, local and military first responders getting a little practice today. how they plan to help you when disaster strikes. >>> a stole dog -- stolen dog is back where she belongs. >> leigh: i'm leigh glaser. what a terrific weekend, and even better week ahead. that is if you like mild temperatures. my accuweather seven-day forecast. forecast. weys of walking to give a breast cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair trade. whoo! you walk with friends, you meet new friends, and you keep those friendships. it was such a beautiful experience. (woman) ♪ and it's beautiful ♪ undeniable (woman) why walk 60 miles in the boldest breast cancer event in history? because everyone deserves a lifetime. visit the3day.org to register or to request more information
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Feb 5, 2013 12:35am PST
underground bunker where he was held hostage for seven grueling days. president obama praised the fbi on the daring raid that safely freed the little boy. with the details still unfolding we would like to welcome gio benitez to the broadcast for the first time with the latest from midland, alabama. >> reporter: a happy ending in alabama where the boy kidnapped from a school bus is safe. a new picture of five-year-old ethan. >> i have been to the hospital. i have visited with ethan. he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. the things that you would expect a normal five to six-year-old young man to do. >> reporter: the suspect, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. abc news learned authorities inserted a camera into the bunker and monster his movements. they positioned the s.w.a.t. team near the entrance and used an explosives charge to get into the bunker and neutralize dykes. >> the fbi feared the child was in eminent danger and rescued the child. >> reporter: last tuesday he boarded a school bus and threatened the kids. >> he is threat tong kill us all or something. >
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Feb 6, 2013 4:30am PST
protecting children at sandy hook elementary school. president obama will present the surviving family members with the medals next week at a white house ceremony given to four teachers, the school principal and a psychologist all gunned down december 14 trying to protect the children in their care. the 20-year-old shooter killed himself. >> next, the wild roundup on an east bay road. drivers encounter a creature better suited for the desert. >> florida teen talks back to a judge and pays the price. >> health news affecting pregnancy women. >> good morning, on wednesday. now, a live look on the bay. gorgeous. clear. that is why it is colder. mike nicco has the forecast ahead. authorities are investigating the death of $50,000 in copper piping. someone game with the property is probably responsible because it looks they use add key to get in the locked gates of the camp which was established by the city of concord 40 years ago. we did a profile on a summer youth program there in 2006. >> a silicon valley firm faces questions this morning. according to san jose mercury news a start-up is
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Feb 5, 2013 4:00am PST
: interesting, the standoff extended beyond midland city, alabama. even president obama praised authorities for saving the boy. rob and diana? >> great news he made it out alive and right in time for his birthday. tahman bradley, live in washington. thanks, tahman. >>> gun control, of course, is a top priority for the president. mr. obama took his message on the road yesterday, with a visit to a minneapolis police station. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: faced with an uphill battle in congress, the president took his campaign for new gun control measures on the road. >> we're not going to wait until the next newtown. >> reporter: the central component of the president's plan is requiring virtually anybody buying a gun to get a background check. but the audience in minneapolis has seen that that's not enough. last september, just a few miles from where the president spoke, minnesota suffered its worst ever mass shooting. the local sheriff met with president obama and believes the current system simply misses too much. >> we've identified gaping holes in the background checks. it's r
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Feb 7, 2013 1:40am PST
the growing controversy whether americans can be targeted in drone strikes. president obama is releasing confidential information about why such strikes are legal and necessary. >> as the cia director nominee faces tough questions today on capitol hill. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: it is a secret war, and in a sign of how pervasive and how hidden it is, the revelation that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to launch drones throughout the region. a tactic against terror which has grown 700% under the obama administration. whatever the benefit of the drone strikes, they have created enormous resentment among some here in the region, who view the strikes as another sign of american arrogance. everywhere i travel, from yemen -- >> i think americans they have no right. they have no right. this is our fight. >> reporter: to pakistan. >> you can keep saying, yes, you are hitting the top leadership. but the by-product of this is anger, anger among the innocent people who are getting killed. so you're just creating more terrorists. >> reporter: now the man who
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Feb 5, 2013 6:00pm PST
>>> president obama today urged congress to pass a short term budget fix and postpone a massive package of automatic spending cuts. three and a half weeks from now. but the president says congress needs more time to come up with a permanent solution for reducing the deficit. >> we should give them the chance to come up with the budget instead of making cuts costing us jobs and significantly slow down our recovery. >> the president says the u.s. economy is poised for progress in the coming year and predicted it will fall below the $1 trillion mark. >> sources tell ap tonight the pentagon is ready to offer limited benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members. likely toin clud health and welfare benefits. dpeens secretary has not made a decision because federal law prohibits him from recognizing same-sex marriages. british lawmakers voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. legislation would enable same-sex couples to get married in civil and religious ceremonies. the prime minister championed the bill despite opposition from within his party. before it becomes plau it must stil
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Feb 7, 2013 7:00am PST
, president obama's pick to be cia director, testifies at his senate confirmation hearing. to smooth his path, the white house agreed overnight to give lawmakers a secret legal memo that lays out the rules for using drones. jon karl joins us with some of that. this is something the white house resisted for some time. >> reporter: as of yesterday afternoon, the white house actually refused to even acknowledge that this memo existed. but late last night, the president made the call to release the memo on a classified basis to the intelligence committee. this is after one prominent democratic senator threatened or suggested he would filibuster brennan's nomination if they didn't get the documents. this is an indication that at today's hearing, you'll hear some tough questioning about the drone campaign. and i believe the most thorough discussion we have ever seen about this highly secretive but absolutely essential component of the president's war on terror. >> it's coming at a time when yesterday the iranians released a video they say came from a u.s. drone that they captured. this may
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Feb 10, 2013 7:00am PST
being blamed on the storm, and governor dan malloy is asking president obama for financial aid. >> i have filed a request with the president of the united states for an emergency declaration. this was a record-breaking storm throughout the state. >> reporter: at one point the storm forced every road in the state to shut down. even those with the right equipment had no place to go. here you are trying to dig yourself out. >> yes, i am. >> reporter: and you got stuck. >> i got stuck good. >> reporter: we made the slow journey from hartford, connecticut, to milford, which saw a whopping 38 inches in a town of 50,000. everything from the trash can, a doorway, a no parking sign all buried beneath the white stuff. jenny smith is trying to dig herself out. do you still like the snow? >> i do, but it's nice to look at. not nice to drive in or shovel. but to have a nice cup of cocoa. >> reporter: and it is still a mess here in connecticut. some 37,000 homes are still without power. dan, bianna? >> thank you, gio. he looks official with the abc news hat. i think he can join the extreme team. >
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Feb 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
us about the news today. >> reporter: by one count, president obama has already used unmanned cia drones to strike more than 300 suspected terrorist targets, even more than his predecessor. but today, we learned just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill, without trial or evidence, suspected terrorists, even american citizens. a newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed, if, "an informed, high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat." but the document says it "does not require the government to have clear evidence." case in point, anwar al awlaki, an american citizen and top al qaeda leader, linked to several terrorist attacks. he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. human rights advocates say the justice department memo goes way too far. and -- >> justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: as soon as he became president, barack obama stopped cia tactics like waterboarding that he considered torture. but this justifies outr
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Feb 3, 2013 11:00pm PST
as the chaos unfolded. no one was seriously injured. >>> president obama wants the boy scouts to open up their membership to gay people. in an interview the president praised the scouts as a great institution and says no one should be bared from it. the boy scouts announced they considered replacing the longstanding ban on gays with a policy to let troop sponsors make their own decisions. >> a new study suggests it does get better for bullied gay teens. as they aged the bullying dropped off. by age 199% of gay teens -- by age 19, 9% said they were bullies. there is a growing intolerance for bullying, and the study appears tomorrow on-line on the journal pediatrics. >>> the super bowl one of the biggest parties of the year, obviously, and that means a lot of hangovers common day. come monday. find out how many people are expected to call in sick tomorrow. >> not you. and it is the bowl everyone wins. i just love this. it is the puppy bowl. look at these cute titans of the gridiron. >> i am leigh glaser. everyone in new orleans will be flying back here tomorrow we'll look at some t
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Feb 5, 2013 11:35pm PST
election day. so i decided to printout pictures of obama and thought, well, of course he'll laugh at this. this is sort of funny. like literally nothing. no reaction on his face. >> jimmy: i think that's a felony, actually. i don't think you're allowed to do that. so he's a lot of fun is what you're saying. >> yeah. >> jimmy: the show came out terrific. you really did a nice job on that show. he is talking to the camera the whole time which i was watching him in bed and it was scaring me, to be honest with you. kevin spacey's head speaking at me. and this is really something that netflix is doing this. these original programs. with no commercials or anything. >> yeah. i was surprised at how many people i've learned have watched all 13 episodes and it just came out on friday. i mean, i thought i was the only loser who would sit at home and watch. everyone does it. >> jimmy: congratulations to you. kate mara, everyone. "house of cards." bradley cooper is here. we'll be back with the music of emeli sande. ♪ >> jimmy: her debut album, here is emeli sande. ♪ ♪ you won't find him drinking
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Feb 6, 2013 4:00pm PST
invite you to get a free sample and try one on too. >>> the obama administration does being asked to justify drone strikes, r against al qaeda linked american citizens. abc news reporter is in washington with more on the story. >> when he took office the president put a stop to some tactics he asked torture. like water boarding but through vikes the administration is taking aim at more than 300 suspected targets. >> the methods are designed to avoid civilian casualty autos this week a 16 page document that says american citizens that are tide al qaeda can be killed. if quote, an informed high level official believes the target poses a threat. the key says the government is not required to have clear evidence n 2011 one man was killed in yemen, an american citizen but a top al yaed leader linked to several terrorist attacks. human rights advocates says the memo goes way too far. >> justifies a claim executive branch can be judge, jury ask executionner. >> retired general stanley mccrystal says drone strikes are going to be more important in the future there should be more thoughtful d
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Feb 4, 2013 2:00am PST
say the band played on as the chaos unfolded. no one was seriously injured. >>> president obama wants the boy scouts to open up their membership to gay people. in an interview the president praised the scouts as a great institution and says no one should be bared from it. the boy scouts announced they considered replacing the longstanding ban on gays with a policy to let troop sponsors make their own decisions. >> a new study suggests it does get better for bullied gay teens. as they aged the bullying dropped off. by age 199% of gay teens -- by age 19, 9% said they were bullies. there is a growing intolerance for bullying, and the study appears tomorrow on-line on the journal pediatrics. >>> the super bowl one of the biggest parties of the year, obviously, and that means a lot of hangovers common day. come monday. find out how many people are expected to call in sick tomorrow. >> not you. and it is the bowl everyone wins. i just love this. it is the puppy bowl. look at these cute titans of the gridiron. >> i am leigh glaser. everyone in new orleans will be flying back here tomorrow we
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Feb 7, 2013 11:35pm PST
michelle obama not put a stop to this already? the scouts say the overall mission of the cookie program is to teach girls goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and binge eating. plus it teaches kids how to meet strangers in a park lot, which is important. so buy some girl scout movies and don't try to pull that move at the supermarket where you pretend you're talking on your cell phone. if you can text while driving, you buy some cookies while you walk. this is a video that has become very popular online. i don't know if you've seen this. this is a 2-year-old from kansas, his name is titus, and titus appears to be very, very good at basketball. he's got his little basketball hoop and he can make baskets from really far away. he's like a little harlem globetrotter. the parents up loaded a three-minute video to youtube. in the video, the kid nails every shot. so this morning they brought him on the "today" show and this is how things went for titus with no editing. >> your other kids, did they do similar things when they were titus's age? >> i don't kno
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Feb 10, 2013 6:00am PST
for president obama's state of the union address on tuesday, the growing drone drama, and plus the buzz over potential presidential contender chris christie's waistline. don't miss "this week" this morning at 8:00 right here on abc7. >>> well, the giants start spring training on tuesday. yesterday a capacity crowd filled at&t park for the giants annual fan fest yesterday. [cheers and applause] >> more than 42,000 people showed up. the world series champs met with the fans, they signed autographs for them. there was also a chance to go behind the scenes to places like the giants clubhouse, which are normally off-limits to the public. again, the giants start their spring training in arizona on tuesday. it's kind of been feeling like arizona weather here. you know, i mean dry. >> that's right. so dry this morning that we have over a half a dozen neighborhoods with temperatures below freezing this morning. so as we look out from our east bay camera out over the bay, concord, livermore, out by the delta and up in the north bay, you are at or below freezing. 40s downtown. we will talk ab
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Feb 8, 2013 5:00am PST
women he calls the most beautiful women on the planet and a message to first lady obama saying "off the record i love your new bangs" and was disappointed he would miss "shark week." he is suspected killing a retired officer's daughter and her fiance and a riverside police officers. police are warning people in san bernardino not to open doors to anyone they don't know. officers have searched a las vegas home dorner owns. there appears to be a false sighting in san diego. >> stay with us for continuing coverage of the manhunt. we will update you immediately on any developments right here and on twitter whenever it happens. we are always updating breaking news at abc7news.com. >> the northeast is under a blizzard warning as a winter storm is ready to hit the region. now, a look at snow flurries that are falling in new york city. this is a while ago. blizzard warnings took affect two hours ago for new york city and parts of new jersey and in long island, connecticut, massachusetts, all under a blizzard wanting right new. airlines have canceled 3,200 flights to and from the east coast.
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Feb 11, 2013 4:30am PST
? >> president obama is preparing the state of the union address which he will deliver to a joint session of congress tomorrow night and raising several key issues in the second term including jobs, the federal budget, gun control, immigration, and climate change. the white house says the president will be focusing on social media to outline the proposals with 100 people invited to participate in an online panel when he wrapped up. florida senator rub eye will give the republican response to the president's address, and you can watch the state of the union address live here on abc7 and at abc7news.com tomorrow going at 6:00 p.m. >> did you fill up your tank over the weekend? coming up, the sticker shock felt by the bay area drivers. >> the number one dog show is underway this morning and we will look at the unusual k ♪ ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. bee happy. bee healthy. with clu
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Feb 8, 2013 1:40am PST
untreated, we have a problem. >> reporter: staneck is president obama's ear, using white house meetings to push for more resources to identify and treat the mentally ill and keep dangerous people away from guns. the problem can be seen at jails across the country like this one, where an estimated 25% to 30% of inmates suffer from a mental illness. experts say not all those people belong here. those that do sometimes struggle to get the care they need. 8 of the 9 killers in mass shootings last year had histories of mental illness. few received care and none were blocked from legally purchasing a well because of gaps in the federal background system. >> when we run the background check for you to purchase or acquire a hand gun, if we say it's okay, nothing comes back, you should be good to go. the fact of the matter it's not. it's really become america's dirty little secret about these background checks. >> reporter: just 12 states actively submit mental health data to the federal data base. those that do only include court ordered records. on a visit to minnesota this week presi
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Feb 12, 2013 11:00am PST
first response to u.s. threats and vows to continue. >> kristen: president obama is putting the finishing touches on the state of the union tonight. he is expected to focus on jobs but also on gun control and a new development this morning in afghanistan. karen travevs joins us live from washington. >> reporter: good morning. the white house is looking at inauguration state of the union as two acts in the same play. first speech laid out the vision and now he will layout the game plan. >> tonight president obama launches his second term policy agenda and no surprise, it will be heavily focused on the economy. >> you will hear an outline for his plan to create jobs and grow the middle-class. >> to do that he will call for a new program, new spending as way to stimulate growth and republicans will say washington cannot just cut it's a way to prosperity. president obama has a key theme from his reelection campaign. >> he will focus the proposal to help the middle-class grow and help the economy. >> looming in the near future those automatic spending cuts that congress delayed at ne
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Feb 11, 2013 3:00am PST
inches in connecticut where president obama has now declared a state of emergency. the weight of all the big blizzard left mind now tracking houses and wearing on nerves. >> it's horrible. when you shovel your driveway, the plows come and put snow back on the driveway. >> reporter: many of those who are making it out of their driveways are finding the roads still a mess. on long island, the cleanup continues on streets where drivers were left stranded for hours. and back home, hundreds of thousands in new england are learning they are still without power. >> we got her bundled up in coveralls and a vest and blankets. but it's still not enough. her hands are freezing cold. so, we're going to bring her down here. >> reporter: emergency shelters still open, many schools remaining closed. as it becomes clear, lit be a while before these blizzard blues melt away. >> i think it's going to be a few days before we're back and really functioning. >> reporter: and possibly slowing things down even more, the forecast for monday calls for rain, sleet, and even more snow. rob and diana? >> thank
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Feb 7, 2013 4:00am PST
% under the obama administration. we learned just yesterday, that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to launch drones throughout the region. lawmakers will also raise questions about a newly-discovered document saying, american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if a high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the government can do so without having clear evidence. human rights advocates disagree. >> that justifies, essentially, a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: drone strikes have become controversial. in pakistan alone, there have been more than 300 drone strikes in the last decade, killing thousands of terrorists, but also more than 300 civilians. the retired general who once ran the military's drone strike program, thinks there should be discussion about their use. >> if the threshold gets too low and we're too casual about it, then we'll forget how much scar tissue we build up in those countries. >> reporter: the white house defends the drone program and says it will provide congressional
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Feb 12, 2013 1:40am PST
possible list. >>> in other news this morning, president obama is expected to highlight the battle against gun violence, immigration reform and increasing taxes in tonight's state of the union address. he'll speak before a sharply divided congress who has invited guests that include both ends of the spectrum. among them, ted nugent and a teacher who survived the sandy hook shooting rampage. >>> the parents of chicago murder victim hadiya pendleton are going to sit with the first lady tonight during the president's speech. two suspected gang members have now been charged in the 15-year-old honor student's death. police say it was apparently a case of mistaken identity. one of the suspects told them that a rival gang member was the intended target. >>> now to another case of deadly gun violence. bullets flying at a court house in delaware. witnesses say a man shot and killed two women as they approached the metal detectors of the county courthouse in wilmington. he also wounded two cops before he himself was fatally shot. one victim was the shooter's estranged wife. he had been invol
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Feb 6, 2013 5:30pm PST
which has grown 700% under the obama administration. whatever the benefit of the drone strikes, they have created enormous resentment among some here in the region, who view the strikes as another sign of american arrogance. everywhere i travel, from yemen -- >> i think americans, they have no right. they have no right to -- this is our fight. >> reporter: to pakistan. >> you can keep saying, yes, you are hitting the top leadership, but the byproduct of this is anger, anger among people, the innocent people who are getting killed. so, you are just creating more terrorists. >> reporter: now, the man who signs off on the kill list, from a basement office in the white house, john brennan, about to be questioned in front of the world. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are indeed ethical and just. >> reporter: in pakistan alone, there have been more than 300 drone strikes in the last decade. killing thousands of al qaeda and taliban, but more than 300 civilians, as well. a world away, in remote villages, you can hear them. like a distance, muted c
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Feb 4, 2013 4:00pm PST
something needs to be done to are. >> with popularity rating at highest in four years, president obama trying to rally public support for the gun control measure autos is there just one life we can safe, we've got an obligation to try. >> the president traveled to minneapolis because the city push to strictor background check autos you've shown progress is possible. and elected leaders. >> still common sense loss. >> after the newtown, connecticut shooting the president made gun control a top priority and wablts legislation limiting the number of rounds in a magazine clip. renew a ban on those so called assault weapons and require universe balance yal background checks. white house expected opposition from republican buzz have to win over democrats who have offered only lukewarm support. >> universal background checks we need to increase that. you can do things like restrictions on highqÁcapacity magazine autos i think that is something we have to take a look at. >> over the weekend, white house released a photo of the president firing at clay pigeons last summer. his spokesman says t
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Feb 11, 2013 6:00pm PST
employees this year. >> tim cook will sit by mrs. obama at the state of the union address. you can watch the president's address live here on abc 7 and abc 7 news.com beginning at 6:00 tomorrow night. marco rubio will deliver the republican response. >> have you made a reservation yet for valentine's day? >> one thing you might not think about signing up >>> well as cities get more and more crowded one question looming is where do you put the cars? >> l is more room than you might think and now, there is an app to help you find it to see the parking valets around downtown marriott you might f the slowest times of the week. they expertly squeeze cars between pillars putting small ones in small base spaces and big ones in big spaces. >> we have parking available for guests. >> but they're not coming for hours and the garage at the office building across the street is full so why can't the hotel rent out spaces for just a few hours? well, now they can. >> there is a a free app calling itself expedia of parking offering cheap rates on space that's would otherwise sit empty. >> 8:00 a.m
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Feb 7, 2013 5:00am PST
. >> president obama's nominee for c.i.a. director, john brennan, will be in the spotlight on capitol hill today. he is expected to come underfire at the confirmation hearing for supporting the c.i.a.'s controversial drone program and the bushel enhanced entering tactics. we go to washington, dc, with the latest. >> good morning, kristen. today we get a rare public look into the u.s. secret drone program that president obama has used more than president bush that has come under heavy criticism. >> president obama's pick for c.i.a. director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at the confirmation hearing this afternoon, democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the point person on drones, who signs off on the "kill" list. >> i suggest that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists be ethical and just. >> the use of drones has grown 700 percent under the obama administration. we learned yesterday that america has a secret base in saudi arabia used to launch drones
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Feb 10, 2013 5:00am PST
powerhouse round tables this morning on abc's "this week." the final preps for president obama's state of the union address on tuesday, the growing drone drama, and plus the buzz over potential presidential contender chris christie's waste line. don't miss "this week" this morning at abc7. >>> a controversial contest to see who can till the most coyotes is underway. the contest went ahead of a opponent failed to get the state fish and wildlife commission to stop t animal advocates saying the hunt is inhumane. but backers say coyotes are responsible for about $4 million worth of livestock losses each year. >>> a capacity crowd filled at&t park for the giants annual fan fest yesterday. [cheers and applause] >> more than 42,000 people showed up. the world series champs met with the fans, they signed autographs for them. there was also a chance to go behind the scenes to places like the giants clubhouse, which are normally off-limits to the public. >> this is my third year running. i feel like it's official to become a tradition now. i will be here for the rest of my life time. >> we've ha
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Feb 9, 2013 8:00am PST
somber occasion in chicago. we are awaiting for michelle obama. the church is filled to capacity. funeral is for a 15-year-old girl. she was an innocent victim of a gang shooting in chicago and she had just performed with her high school marching band at the presidential inauguration. michelle obama attending this funeral and governor pat quinn and mayor rahm emanuel. the family says it will not be about politics but it has struck a chord with the first family and obama administration. a lot of focus on gun violence and reducing gun violence. president obama has made it a priority. joe biden out to bring back proposals in the last few weex, all of this since the december 14th mass murder in newtown, connecticut. the girl was killed in hyde park neighborhood which is obama's home. it's drawing more attention to gun violence. we're awaiting for michelle obama to arrive at the chicago church. we'll bring you updates as it develops this morning. >>> if you plan to send flowers to a local florist this valentine's day. some companies that appear to be local are actually from out of the area, so
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Feb 6, 2013 11:00am PST
bennett and other hollywood stars are in washington, dc, supporting president obama's gun control package. that includes a ban on assault weapons. also, universal background checks. >> the president and the first lady are like the mom and the dad of the country. when your dad says something, you listen. >> i just believe that assault weapons were invented for war. they should not be on our streets here. >> bennett is still shaken by the connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children and six teachers and school officials. >> the boy scouts are america are not ready to accept gay members postponing a vote on ending the long time policy. now with that story. >> potentially historic change for the boy scouts may not happen for months with a delay for a decision until may to overturn the ban on gay court members. >> we are trying to do whatever we do with the young people that we serve in mind. >> over the weekend, boy scouts and former scout leaders delivered a petition with 1.4 million signatures to the organization's texas headquarters urging an end to the policy. a woman was fired as
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Feb 4, 2013 7:00am PST
president obama takes the campaign against gun violence on the road today. his first stop, minneapolis, where he'll meet with local leaders to discuss the background checks and youth frams city has implemented. >>> great news about a young woman who has inspired millions. malala yousafzai who was shot by the taliban because she said girls should be allowed to go to school is recovering in england this morning after undergoing a major operation to cover part of her shattered stul with a -- with a titanium plate. bob woodruff just spoke exclusively to malala's very proud father. >> my daughter, it was her dream to send all boys and girls to school. i think that one day, her dream will come true. >> and you can see much more of this exclusive interview tonight on "world news" with diane sawyer. i think it's fair to say, george, no girl in the whole world whose dreams are more deserving to come true. >> boy, that sure is, josh. >>> time for "pop news." >> whether you were rooting for the ravens or the niners, everybody was a winner at halftime with beyonce's incredible performance and that
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Feb 8, 2013 5:00pm PST
clinton the most 61% surveyed him as the most popular u.s. politician sur pras pasing president obama. the poll found clinton was viewed more favorably than independents and republicans than mr. obama. >> coming up a san francisco company gets a jump start. >> and a treasure trove of confiscated stuff up for auction today. they can help furnish your home, maybe a church. you're going to hear about the find at 6:00. >> then, hidden costs often in those online sweetheart flower deals. the news at 5:00 continues in just one minute. thoorks is security video of an armed robbery. police are hoping that you can help identify these people. the video shows three then men going into the famplers market telling a worker to get on the ground then shot one in the leg. a customer was also shot in the leg. the robbers took about 2000s ndz cash from the register. >> thousands of dollars worth of state property goes up for auction tomorrow in sacramento with unusual things hitting the block. lots of the stuff taken from passengers at airport security check points in san francisco, los angeles and bur
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Feb 7, 2013 4:30am PST
say was a sign that the deal was good to go. >> president obama will speak at the national prayer breakfast underway in washington, dc, right new. the president is scheduled to address matters of faith. these are live pictures from the prayer breakfast. the president has not begun speaking. the event is sponsored by the evangelical fellowship foundation held at the hilton international hotel and provides a venue for president obama to deliver the first major remarks to america's faith community since announcing his support for gay marriage last may. >> house democrats will unveil 15 proposals for curbing gun violence on capitol hill. the proposals resemble the president's plan including a call for banning assault weapons, barring magazines that carry more than ten rounds, and requiring background checks on all gun sales. support is coming from california. this afternoon, gun safety advocates in san francisco will hold a vigil at the federal building at 7th and mission street. in sacramento the senate will announce legislation to close loopholes involving firearms regulation in cal
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